From humble beginnings on the tennis court, to modern streetwear sovereignty; the white sneaker has transcended the conventions of fashion trends and fads for innumerable decades. White sneakers can be seen on the soles of athletes and white collar creatives alike, earning this piece a coveted spot on our list of menswear essentials.
For this month’s style challenge, we asked the members of our team to style an outfit around their favourite pair of white, rubber-soled kicks. Below, are the outfits that we feel best represent our own personal styles, while staying true to this footwear must-have. Here’s what we’re wearing, and why:
Jonathan Cavaliere: Converse Jack Purcell
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of suits and sneakers.
In my opinion, the Jack Purcell is the perfect sneaker to wear with a suit for various reasons. The clean timeless design is perfect for complementing the tailored silhouette of the garment. The sneaker also has this old-world rebelliousness which I think intrinsically balances the risqué nature of wearing a suit and sneakers. Some famous fans of the shoe were Steven McQueen and James Dean. Lastly, the shoe is inherently Canadian and that’s something I am quite proud of.
Brody Langley: Adidas Stan Smith
When it comes to white sneakers, I always look for something with a simple silhouette. The classic Adidas Stan Smith embodies a well-balanced toe box and outsole, with a clean leather upper; all characteristics of a well-made sneaker, without breaking the bank.
White sneakers are my go-to footwear selection for weekend errands and casual occasions. To that point, I paired them with a typical ‘Sunday morning coffee run’ look; easy-going stretch denim and a graphic logo tee, topped off with a classic suede bomber. Sunglasses will help mask the bags under your eyes, while headphones signal to the world that you’re not up for small talk; two equally important accessories following a late Saturday night.
Sean Pollock: Converse Chuck Taylor
I’m inspired by the 50/60s and I wanted a shoe that had that “old time” cool. The denim jacket was a no brainer and the black slacks only complemented the colour palette.
Anthony O’ Dell: Nike Dunk Lux SP
The details (slim toe box/Lunarlon sole) take this classic model to another level, making it an instant cop for me. I also feel all white low tops are cliche and the clean colorway adds a nice pop to all the black and grey I wear in the colder months.
Steven Lee: Saint Laurent SL/01 Court Classic
They are my clean white sneakers. Yes, I have 2 pairs of white sneakers- one that I wear everyday and live in (Stan Smiths), and one that I wear on special occasions that are a bit cleaner and more presentable (the Saint Laurent ones).
At Mr.Cavaliere, we’ve fallen in love with the simplistic elegance and versatility of white trainers, and our endorsement for this essential piece comes from a place very close to our hearts. Whether your style skews towards casual, formal, or anywhere in between, we hope that these looks provide you with some inspiration to curate your own looks around the urban king of footwear; the white sneaker.